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ESPN gets soccer right with Euro 2012

Sports fans who want a little more out of their televised games than action narrated by an aged jock trading tired observations with a catchphrase-spouting hairdo (see Fox's baseball team of Tim McCarver and Joe Buck, respectively), ESPN's coverage of the Euro 2012 soccer championships has been a joy. >More
 The Ryan Braun report

Popular sentiment at the beginning of the baseball season was that Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun would surely see a drop-off in productivity from his Most Valuable Player numbers of a year ago. His detractors insisted that even though Braun was cleared of charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs, he was let off due to a technicality when his sample was mishandled and would undergo increased scrutiny. >More
 Today's Brewers vs. the '82 team

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is having some fun with the 30th anniversary of the Milwaukee Brewers' lone trip to the World Series by taking a daily look back at what was going on with the team on this date in 1982. Of course, the '82 Crew featured Hall of Famers Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers and Don Sutton along with other legends like Cecil Cooper, Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas. >More
 Training with the Madison Cougars women's football squad (video)

In only their second year of existence, the Madison Cougars have once again made the playoffs for the Independent Women's Football League. We caught up with a few players at a practice to hear their thoughts on their teammates, what it takes to play in the league, and what it means to be a female football player. >More
 Oscars for athletes

The favored topic of discussion during the NBA playoffs this year is flopping. For the uninitiated, flopping has also been known by more flattering terms like "selling the call." It's the act of overreacting when being fouled, or even when not being fouled, to draw a whistle from the ref. >More
 If you can't stand the Heat...

Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett is often referred to as the most hated player in the NBA. The 16-year veteran embraces an aggravating style of play by talking trash nonstop and dramatically overreacting to contact even while handing out cheap shots himself. When confronted, he excuses his misconduct by citing his passion for the game, causing eye rolls from fans and commentators alike. >More
 No do-overs in umping

There are few trees at Pioneer Park in rural Middleton, certainly none shading the baseball field from last Sunday's intense sunshine. Each gust of wind deposits gritty dust in my mouth, ears, even the corners of my eyes. I'm hot, thirsty and I have just punched out my 13-year old son. >More
 Madison College baseball provides drama in postseason tournament

Proximity to the playing surface often trumps the quality of play when I'm making decisions about a sporting event to view. I'll take a wooden bench at a high school basketball game over the NBA on TV every time. And I was much happier in my seat three rows behind home plate at Robin Roberts Field last Saturday than I would have been in the left-field seats at Miller Park. >More
 Sad days for Brewers fans

A month ago, optimistic Milwaukee Brewers fans insisted it wasn't too brash to predict that their team would be in the thick of the National League's Central division race with St. Louis and Cincinnati. Today, they're watching games through their fingers and avoiding the daily injury reports. >More
 Multi-event SuperBadgers

Madison sports fans will be presented with a special opportunity May 11-13 when the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships come to town. Some of the best athletes in the country, kids who can run, leap and throw better than any college football or basketball players, will be strutting their stuff at the McClimon Complex. And the athletic royalty among them, the best of the best, are the multi-event athletes. >More
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